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October 10, 2016

Leave It to the Babes – How Babies Learn Language

A psychology professor at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Janet Werker, dedicates her studies to understanding how babies recognize language, and how that perception can shape their learning.
October 6, 2016

Language and Self-Esteem – Does It Help

Your child is learning a second language. It’s exciting. It’s engaging. And, it’s isolating. Isolating? The problem is that there are times when your child feels like the odd kid out, or is told that they don’t sound like a native speaker.
October 3, 2016

Bring the World Into Your Home

You started this whole thing so that your child would in fact (or at least someday) be bilingual. That said, bringing the culture into your home is a key part of the learning process.
September 30, 2016

How Much Should My Child Know?

Learning any language is a process—especially when it’s your child’s second one. You’ve signed your child up for classes, hired a tutor and are set to see the fruits of your entire family’s labor. Or, so you thought.
September 28, 2016

A Language Time-Out IS Okay!

Imagine you take the longest hours at work and keep working hard every day for a couple of weeks straight. You’re bound to burn out at some point.
September 26, 2016

Edutainment – What’s the Deal?

Dora’s teaching your child Spanish! Or is she? So-called ‘educational TV show’ put the spotlight on learning, while giving children a cute little cartoon character to gently feed it to them. In your quest to have a bilingual child, will watching television help your little learner to build foreign language skills?
September 19, 2016

I want my child to learn Arabic, but which one?

Sometimes having bilingual kids isn’t as straightforward as it might seem. You think, “All I have to do is teach my child a second language” and like magic – they’re bilingual! Right? It doesn’t always work out that way…
September 13, 2016

Raising a Bilingual Child? Don’t Do This!

We want to give our children the best opportunities to learn and get ahead of the pack by being bilingual. Nevertheless, in the process, there are some mistakes parents (yes, even me) end up making, sometimes even without realizing it. There’s not much reason to keep mulling and regretting things we could’ve done better, but let’s look at some common mistakes and make sure nobody has to go through them again.
September 10, 2016

Sponsor a Child – Where Language Meets Giving Back

So, last week my son gave me a rather pleasant surprise… He decided he wanted to sponsor a child! We hear a lot about this on television and think: “That would be a nice thing to do.” However, more often than not, if you’re a busy parent, like most, we end up letting this moment slip by and slowly forget about the idea of sponsoring a child somewhere.
September 4, 2016

Top 5 Languages to Teach Kids in 2017 and Beyond

You’ve decided on raising bilingual kids. But, which language are you going to add on? It’s not a simple decision. You can’t exactly line up a list of languages, then point and pick. Maybe there’s a popular language in your community. Maybe your grandparents want your child to explore their native language.